Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Yummy Pitta Pockets



So many women I talk to say they are too busy for lunch, but there is an easy way to have a nourishing and delicious lunch that doesn’t take very long at all. You can even make up the fillings in advance to save time.

The average white pitta bread only has about 147 calories and their crunchy pocket style makes them just right for all sorts of lovely fillings. These make a great light lunch - really satisfying but low in fat and calories.  They also travel well wrapped in Saran wrap or aluminum foil in an insulated lunch box if you are eating on the run.  By the way, most kids love to eat pitta breads - I used to call them pitta pockets when my son was little - they are a bit of fun and they make a great change from ordinary bread. 

Do check the mayonnaise you are using to make sure it has ‘good’ fats (not hydrogenated) and be careful as some “light”versions are actually low in fat but high in calories, and some “low cal” versions are actually quite high in fat. I use Hellmann’s Extra Light for this recipe. If you don’t like mayonnaise, you can always substitute a little plain yogurt.

Each of these recipes serves one adult or two little ones (most kids will only eat half a pitta sandwich), but it’s very easy to multiply the quantities to serve more.   

Chicken Salad Pittas

1 pitta bread, cut in half and toasted if you like
half a chicken breast, cut in small cubes
a small handful of lettuce, finely shredded
3 or 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 to 3 teaspoons low calorie or light mayonnaise
½ teaspoon freshly chopped chives
salt and pepper, optional
a pinch of curry powder, optional

Mix the chicken, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise together in a small bowl.  Add the chives, salt and pepper to taste, and curry powder if you like it.   Use the mixture to stuff both halves of the pitta. 

Waldorf Salad Pitta

1 pitta bread, cut in half and toasted if you like
half a chicken breast, cut in small cubes
one quarter to one half a small apple, peeled, cored and cut in small pieces
1 small handful of lettuce, finely shredded
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
3 or 4 walnuts, finely chopped
2 to 3 teaspoons low calorie or light mayonnaise

Mix the chicken, apple, lettuce, celery, walnuts and mayonnaise in a small bowl.  Use the mixture to stuff both halves of the pitta. 

Egg Salad Pitta

1 pitta bread, cut in half and toasted if you like
1 large hard boiled egg, chopped into small pieces
1 teaspoon chopped red pepper
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
pinch of celery salt
2 to 3 teaspoons low calorie or light mayonnaise
a pinch of curry powder (or more or less to taste but please don't leave it out!)
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the egg, red pepper, celery, celery salt and mayonnaise together in a bowl.   Add the curry powder and salt and pepper to taste and stir to mix.  Use the mixture to stuff both halves of the pitta. 

Tuna Salad Pitta

1 pitta bread, cut in half and toasted if you like
¼ cup canned tuna, drained
1 teaspoon chopped red pepper
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
a small handful of lettuce, finely shredded
pinch of celery salt
2 to 3 teaspoons mayonnaise
a squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together the tuna, red pepper, celery, lettuce, celery salt, mayonnaise and lemon.  Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in. Use the mixture to stuff both halves of the pitta.

So as you can see there is no longer any good reason to skip lunch - in fact there are at least four good reasons not to! 

2 comments:

  1. I love pita pockets, and my hubby just asked me the other day to start making them for a light lunch. I gave you an award today: http://bigmamashomekitchen.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  2. These pitas sound sooo yummy! Love the diversity of fillings - definitely incentive not to skip lunch. Thanks for sharing:)

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